Category Archives: RIP

R.I.P. B.B. King

Two “King”s. Backstage at Ellis Auditorium, Memphis. Legendary bluesman B.B. King has died at the age of 89. A long life and a six-decade career. He toured constantly, almost up until the very end. The news had come that his … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Albert Maysles

The death of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles comes at a coincidental moment almost too good to be believed: The famous 1975 documentary he co-directed with his brother David, Grey Gardens, is – at least in New York – starting a … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

While I was never a Trekkie, I watched Star Trek growing up in their endless re-runs and can barely separate out the television show from my actual real-life childhood. They are my memories. Star Trek was like The Brady Bunch … Continue reading

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You Don’t Own Me: R.I.P. Lesley Gore

The great Lesley Gore passed away last week at the age of 68. I wrote this piece a while back. Lesley Gore, performing “You Don’t Own Me”, on the 1964 T.A.M.I. Show, directed by Steve Binder (who also would end … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Lizabeth Scott

Lizabeth Scott, of the smoky voice, the tough hard eyes, the lean body with beautiful dangerous curves, has died at the age of 92. Hers was not a lengthy career and it petered out a bit after the heyday of … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Edward Herrmann

With a career as long and diverse as Edward Herrmann’s there is much to discuss, but I decided to talk about just one moment he has in Warren Beatty’s Reds, a moment that (in its small way) helps make the … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Millie Kirkham

Millie Kirkham had an unearthly high soprano voice, and recorded with some of the biggest stars of her era (and other eras and ours). Perhaps most famously, she provided the swoopy woozy soprano part on Elvis’ original recording of “Blue … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

My good friend Dan Callahan wrote a beautiful obituary for Mike Nichols.

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

Too many good movies to count. Some of my all-time favorites. What a storyteller. I’ve seen his stage productions, too. (In August, 2001, I slept outside – in Central Park, no less – to get free tickets to Mike Nichols’ … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis. R.I.P. to the great photographer Alfred Wertheimer, known mainly for the extraordinary series (weak word, there are over 3,800 photos) of photos he took of Elvis Presley during the spring and summer of 1956, right before, and just as, … Continue reading

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